The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
Record 26 of 37

System Number: 04220
Date: 19 November 1892
Author: Charles Frederick Ulrich[1]
Place: Munich
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M490
Document Type: ALS[2]

Munich Theresien Str 75 / II

Nov. 19th 92.

Dear Mr Whistler.

I called on the Secretary[3] of the Exhibition this morning to see that your pictures[4] go away from here as you desire. I have given him all information & was promised that they would be off tonight as they were already packed and boxed. The item in the newspaper I was assured was wrong. Mr Potter[5] I was told asked a sum much larger than the price he originally stated upon his invoice. I fear that the new secretary made a mess of the matter somehow. There is a good deal [of] red-tape going on here now. I tried my very best to [p. 2] get at the bottom of it all but did not succeed. Being a seccession[is]t myself you will understand that I am not in great favor.

I hope you[r] pictures will all be returned in good time and condition and that you may be relieved of the worry. Piglhein[6] has taken the matter of the "little white girl[7]" into hands (I mean regarding the correspon[den]ce with Mr Potter) and I hope he may get something out of it to give these old duffers a dig with.

yours very sincerely


[p. 3] N. B. Your last letter only reached me some three days ago as I had forgotten to give my new address at the Glaspalace.

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1.  Charles Frederick Ulrich
Charles Frederic Ulrich (1858-1908), genre painter [more].

2.  ALS
The lower half of p. 3 is torn away; no text appears to have been lost.

3.  Secretary
Otto Jobelmann, Secretary to the Munich Austellung of 1892 [more].

4.  pictures
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), for which JW was awarded a gold medal.

5.  Mr Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

6.  Piglhein
Elimar Ulrich Bruno Piglhein (1848-1894), painter and sculptor, first President of the Munich Secession [more].

7.  little white girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52). Potter had owned the painting since 1865 but was hoping to sell it. It was exhibited at 6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892, but not sold.